MSDH to offer COVID-19 testing in Clarksdale

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGSITER,

 

The Mississippi State Department of Health will be in Clarksdale Monday to once again offer tests for COVID-19.

The testing will be held at the Coahoma County Youth Outreach Expo Building on Wildcat Drive from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 8.

Residents of Coahoma and surrounding counties and surrounding communities can be tested for COVID-19 next as the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State Department of Health continue efforts to stem virus transmission by setting up one-day, drive-through collection sites.

Other one-day collection sites previously announced for next week include Clarke,  Newton, Tate, Okitbbeha and  Wayne counties.

Anyone can be tested who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat; or who has a known or potential exposure to someone confirmed with the virus.

Mississippians who want to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire at umc.edu/covidscreening . Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200. Anyone determined to need testing will be given an appointment date and time at the testing site most convenient.

Appointment-only testing has been offered since a daily testing site was established March 24 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. On June 1, that testing operation moved to the West Street Farmers Market at Woodrow Wilson Avenue in Jackson.  One-day sample collections are being offered at selected sites statewide.

Testing hours at the West Street Farmers Market are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily except Sunday. Testing hours at one-day sites are noon-4 p.m.

The previously announced testing sites for Monday, June 8:

•             Clarke County: Clarke County Emergency Management Agency, 642 S. Archusa Ave., Quitman.

•             Coahoma County: Coahoma County Youth Outreach Expo Building, 1535 Wildcat Drive, Clarksdale.

The previously announced testing sites for Tuesday, June 9:

•             Wayne County: Buckatunna Elementary, 11 Buckatunna Mount Zion Road, Buckatunna.

•             Oktibbeha County: Oktibbeha County Safe Room, 985 Lynn Lane, Starkville.

The newest testing sites for Wednesday, June 10:

•             Newton County: East Central Community College Brackeen/Wood Physical Education Building, 486 10th St., Decatur

•             Tate County: Tate County Courthouse, 107 Court St., Senatobia.

Those who believe they need to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire at umc.edu/covidscreening . Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200. Anyone determined to need testing will receive an appointment date and time at the testing site most convenient.

Hundreds of people in Mississippi communities have taken advantage of the UMMC/MSDH drive-through collection sites. Those numbers include, as of the end of the day June 4, a total 3,115 people at 86 one-day testing sites statewide, plus another 7,156 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and West Street Farmers Market, for a total of 10,271 tested.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi National Guard are partnering with UMMC and MSDH to coordinate mobile testing sites. During drive-through testing, health care professionals will collect specimen samples via a nose swab. Those being tested will not exit their vehicle.

The state announced new COVID-19 guidelines last week.

As of June 1, 2020 new social distancing and safety requirements are in place for Mississippians. For details, see the applicable executive orders from the Governor.

Social Distancing Summary

Social distancing (keeping at least six feet away from others) continues to be essential away from home.

Social gatherings (Executive Order 1492)

• Social gatherings indoors are limited to 20 persons if social distancing cannot be assured, and 50 if social distancing can be maintained.

• Social gatherings outdoors are limited to 50 persons if social distancing cannot be assured, and 100 if social distancing can be maintained.

• Because of heightened COVID-19 risk, residents of Holmes, Neshoba, Jasper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties gatherings are limited to 10 persons indoors and 20 outdoors. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in public or places of business.

(See Executive Orders 1493, 1488 and 1483)

All Businesses (Executive Order 1492)

• All retail businesses shall limit the number of customers to no greater than 50% capacity

Restaurants and Bars (Executive Orders 1492 and 1478)

• All restaurants and bars shall limit the number of customers to no greater than 50% capacity

• All parties or groups must be separated by a minimum 6 feet

• All employees must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 daily

• All employees must wear a face covering when serving the public

Youth Sports (Executive Order 1491)

• All participants must be screened for symptoms of COVID-19

• Concessions must remain closed

• 100 person maximum per field, including fans

• Limit of 2 fans per player

• Fans outside of family group must maintain 6 feet of separation

• Bleachers shall be closed to fans

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